A LAMB ON THE THRONE
By Dan Luehrs
Then I saw standing there with the throne and the four living beings, in the circle of the elders, a Lamb that appeared to have been slaughtered. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the sevenfold Spirit of God sent out into all the earth. Rev 5:6 (CJB)
According to this verse taken literally a slain Lamb is on the throne. This is truly some strange verbiage here, but we must remember that the book of Revelation is written in a symbolic language. (See Rev. 1:1 KJV). In reality there is no dead lamb upon God’s throne, although there is the living Lamb that paid the price for us to sit with Him upon His throne. (See Rev. 3:21). If we truly believe that a slain lamb literally sits on the throne then we must believe that the Lamb has seven horns, with seven eyes coming out of His head. How absurd would it be to believe in such things? No, these are all profound spiritual symbols that the Lord is wanting us to understand with the help of the Holy Spirit. The seven horns are His complete power and authority upon the throne of God, just as His eyes are all seeing and knowing. So also the Holy Spirit is the sevenfold Spirit of God or the completeness of God that is sent into all the earth, which includes you and me and all living things. So clearly we have the triune God represented on the throne and in the earth.
A LAMB OF GOD
A lamb was the first blood sacrifice given by God to cover the sin of man, and without the blood there is no other covering for the sin of mankind. “Abel also brought a gift—the best of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected.” Gen 4:4-5 (NLT). With Cain’s sacrifice he did not offer up the blood of the lamb to cover his sin, thus his sacrifice was not received by God. This made Cain angry enough to kill his brother because he was jealous of his favorable position with God. Rather than Cain going back to sacrifice to God the correct way with a lamb he chose to sacrifice his brother’s blood to repay or atone for his own anger then to do it God’s way. However this was not the right time for a human sacrifice that would one day take away the sin of the world, this would not come for thousands of years until the perfect sinless Son of God would be born. Thank God for that, otherwise we would still be sacrificing lambs!
But because Cain would not do it God’s way, he left the presence of God just as his parents Adam and Eve had done. “Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.” Gen 4:16 (NASU). It is the blood of the lamb that enables us to be drawn near to the heart of God, for it was this way since Adam and Eve sinned. We cannot be one hundred percent sure what kind of animal skin God used to cover Adam and Eve because the Bible does not say. But from all the other foreshadowing’s of lambs throughout the Bible we can be quiet sure that it was a lamb that God Himself first sacrificed so that they could live in some form of relationship with God. Abel must have learned to sacrifice lambs from his father in order for him to do this to have a close living fellowship with God.
But it was Isaac that first asked the question, “Where is the lamb?” (See Gen 22:7). Not knowing of coarse that he, Isaac, would be the first symbolic human being to become the first lamb to be symbolically sacrificed for the sin of another man. Although it was John the Baptist who first saw a man as the Lamb; Jesus Christ, the first and last human lamb to ever be sacrificed for the sin of man. John proclaimed, “…Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29 (NASU). John knew that the spotless, sinless Lamb had now come so that God could wash man’s heart clean of sin with His blood and then fill our heart with His Holy Spirit as He did Adam and Eve in the beginning. And just think, it all came down to the life of a little innocent lamb.
Think of all the millions of little lambs that were sacrificed when God first instituted the Passover lamb in Egypt. God chose this little innocent creature to carry the burden of our forgiveness through its blood and death so that we could draw nearer to the heart of God. The blood was not for God’s satisfaction, but so that we could draw near to God without our sin killing us in the process. The question I have for myself is, how am I doing in my sacrifice of self so that others may know and learn of Jesus’ great sacrifice for them? Is that not what happens when we choose to sacrifice our will and reputation by telling others about His love for them?
Just as Isaac was a symbolic sacrificial lamb for others so are we who are called to sit on the throne with Jesus. The throne of God is the mercy seat of God where the Shekinah glory dwelt upon the tabernacle of Moses. That is why there is a slain Lamb upon the throne, because lambs blood was sprinkled upon the mercy seat so that man could come into the presence of God and not be killed. Now the blood of Jesus has been applied to our heart so that God has taken up residence in us, which makes our heart the mercy seat, the throne of God in the earth. How amazing is that?
Our daily life becomes a living sacrifice that is pleasing unto the Father. (See Rom. 12:1). Just like Isaac we have done nothing to deserve to be there, but by the destiny of God to glorify His Son’s atonement. Each day that we chose to be a living sacrifice of our own will, for the Fathers will, we are like a lamb that is being sacrificed, and this is very pleasing to the Lord when we lay down our life for others to gain His life. “We know love by this, He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” 1 John 3:16-17 (NASU).
This is what we are called to do as sacrificial lambs, to lay our lives down, to learn from Jesus and lay our lives down for our brethren. This is true love and holiness in the sight of the Father, this is the work of the cross, and this is what it means to sit on the throne as a slain lamb. This is death to self, to speak the truth of Who Jesus really is! This is one of the hardest things for us to do, to tell others about Jesus because we do not want to lose face before others and be known as a fanatic. We must sacrifice our reputation as Jesus did if we too are to be like the Lamb of God and sit on His throne.
This is why there is a symbolic slain Lamb upon the throne, because His blood washes away all our sin forever so that we also can be a lamb upon the throne with Him, having taken on the nature of the Lamb. For even as He is, so are we, if He is a lamb, so are we, but He is the only one Who died for the sin of the world. Just as Jesus is a Son, so are we! “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2 (KJV). Through the power of the cross we can forgive the sins of any person that will come to Christ through our testifying to them. This is the work of a slain lamb, not living for themselves. (See John 20:23).
To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb
“And I saw, and lo, a Lamb having stood upon the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty-four thousands, having the name of his Father written upon their foreheads.” Rev 14:1 (YLT)
As we read this verse we see a Lamb standing upon Mount Zion which is the place of the symbolic throne of King David. The 144,000 with the Lamb is a symbolic number of those who are overcomers, which are the sons of God, the bride of Christ, the city of God, the temple of God, and there are many more titles we could use for the overcoming church. These are those who have taken on the nature of the Lamb having His name or His nature written in their minds. In this verse they have no other titles given to them other than being lambs, with the Lamb of God, because they have become one in nature with the Lamb of God having sacrificed all that they are for His glory alone.
The word throne is used 42 times in the book of Revelation, it is one of the main factors in the book that God wants us to gain an understanding in. He wants us to realize that those who are in Christ have this high calling, that we can have our seat in Jesus, having all that He is upon the throne of authority. As Jesus is the Lamb upon His throne, so are we His people with Him having His name and the likeness of the Lamb of God. We have the seven spirits of God, which is the Holy Spirit, and the seven horns, which is His complete power and authority over all, and having His eyes which are all seeing and knowing. This is the power of the Lamb upon His throne. It may not now seem like we possess this place of authority in Christ but if you are saved and filled with His Spirit I can assure you that the Lamb now sits upon the throne of your heart. We may not yet be perfected, but God calls those things which do not exist as though they did! (See Rom. 4:17).
In the natural we see lambs as weak little innocent creatures that need the help of another’s to protect them. For they could not and would not hurt anyone, for that is just their nature and this is the picture that the Lord wants us to come away with when we see the Lamb upon the throne. “… Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb…” Rev 6:16 (NASU). Lambs have no wrath! That is the picture God is wanting us to see, for His wrath was appropriated in Christ as a Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. For God’s wrath was finished on the cross 2000 years ago. Aren’t we glad! Now He asks of us, “Will you take on the nature of the Lamb of God and take away the wrath of sin that is on the lives of those who do not know the nature of God, which is like a Lamb that takes away all the sin of the world.” Not just our sin, but every person who ever lived and will ever live throughout eternity. Praise His name for ever more!
It was King David who said, “Know that the Lord Himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” Ps 100:3 (NASU). God is the one who called us to be sheep and to be humble lambs like we are to be as little children in trusting Him in all things. The question that I have for myself is, “AM I BECOMING HUMBLE LIKE THE LAMB? Or am I like a stubborn old sheep that has not learned the ways of the Lamb of God?” Just as marriage makes us one with our spouse, so are we to be with the Lamb of God having His likeness. This statement of the Lamb upon the throne is used several times in the book of Revelation.
“And they cry out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." Rev 7:10 (NASU)
“For the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes." Rev 7:17 (NASU)
"…To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever." Rev 5:13 (NASU)
His throne is in us because that is where He is to be seated, His throne is not some stationary place on some planet, it is a spiritual realm where God sees, knows, and hears all. Just as we the church are called the body of Jesus, being one with Him, so it should not be difficult for us to see ourselves taking on the nature of the Lamb, so that we may all be like the Lamb upon the throne of creation to serve and love His creation.
LEARNING FROM THE LAMB
"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.” Matt 11:29 (NASU)
How is it that the God of all creation would humble Himself so low that He would identify Himself as a lamb? I personally have no problem being called a lamb, I can use all the help I can get in all areas of my life. But the almighty God Who is gentle and humble of heart? Wow! He could have likened Himself to a more forceful animal like a bull, elephant, dinosaur, or a goat, but no, He identifies with a lowly creature. What a God we serve that would invite us to learn His ways of humility, which is lowly compared to the prideful ways of man. “These (the overcomers) are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes” Rev 14:4 (NASU) (Italics mine).
The only way for us to become like the Lamb is to follow the Lamb throughout our life-time upon the earth. Living through His Spirit life here and now following the Lamb is the only training ground that will make us into the image of Christ. This is the way of the Lamb which is never an easy road, but the narrow, which is the way of sacrificing of our own will for His.
“And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of God. And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,
"Great and marvelous are Your works,
O Lord God, the Almighty;
Righteous and true are Your ways,
King of the nations!
"Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy;
For ALL THE NATIONS WILL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE YOU,
FOR YOUR RIGHTEOUS ACTS HAVE BEEN REVEALED." Rev 15:2-4 (NASU)
We who are the called as overcomers in Christ sing the song of deliverance of Moses and the victory song of the Lamb through the midst of our trials and not just after them. Just as the children of Israel should have worshipped God at the Red Sea before it opened before them, for it was not until they crossed over that they then decided to breakout with praise and thanksgiving. But we who have learned the ways of the Lamb have learned to worship Him in the midst of tribulation having become victorious over our enemy, who is the revelation of evil, three in one.
1). The beast: which is the untamed evil nature in us that we fight against every day of our lives. Jesus was born in a barn among the beasts, so is He in our hearts.
2). His image: is the likeness of the devil that the world portrays for us to be like rather than what we know Jesus is like.
3). The number of his name: having the number of his name 666 is for people to come into the full likeness of evil man rather than Christ. Man was made on the sixth day which is the number of man. Three is the number of completeness as is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is now harvest time, we are either becoming like the seed of Christ, the three in one godhead or we are coming into the likeness of the evil seed of the three in one. Today as I write this there was the worst shooting in United States history just up a few miles from us in Orlando, Florida that killed forty nine people by a Muslim terrorist. Now that is the fullness of evil! These acts of evil are the triune works of the devil in the flesh, we make conscience decisions every day whether we are going to serve the nature of Christ or not.
At this time we must be people of peace that stand on the sea of glass and overcome all the evil that is trying to overcome us. We just don’t have God on our side, we have Him on the inside! As we seek Him for direction in our lives He is going to guide us into all truth, and in the truth we have peace and protection from the enemy. This is what it means to be standing on the sea of glass, peace in the midst of the storm. We are the victorious overcomers in Christ!
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